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Cisco reveals new virtualisation developments

Company unveils new VXI developments, next generation WebEx, Jabber plug-in, new alliance

Cisco has unveiled a host of new virtualisation applications.
Cisco has unveiled a host of new virtualisation applications.

Cisco has unveiled the next phase of its Virtualisation Experience Infrastructure (VXI), an IT system that was designed to simplify desktop virtualisation and bring voice and video to the virtual workspace.

Cisco VXI is designed to help enterprises take advantage of the financial, data security and workforce flexibility benefits offered by desktop virtualisation, with the ability to integrate rich media and video collaboration capabilities to create next generation workspaces.

Cisco also unveiled the next generation of Cisco WebEx and is extending cloud conferencing to more people with a new free basic edition of WebEx designed for three people or less.

The company is now making collaboration easier by adding a freely downloadable web browser plug-in for Cisco Jabber, designed to help extend collaboration to users using web browsers on Windows- or Mac-based OS devices.

"We've listened to our customers and significantly advanced Jabber and WebEx to enable seamless experiences on a range of devices and platforms, whether on premises or in the cloud. This approach further accelerates our strategic goal of enabling "any-to-any" collaboration while also making it easier than ever to collaborate with people inside or outside of an organisation. In a post-PC era, businesses need ways to extend mobile, social, video and virtual collaboration on any mobile phone, Virtual Desktop, tablet or Internet-connected device. We are bringing that to life today," said Wael Abdulal, collaboration manager for UAE.

Utilising its expertise in Unified Communications, Cisco has also announced endpoints that are designed to enable high-quality voice and video in virtual desktop environments.  Additionally, Cisco announced a broad strategic alliance agreement with Citrix and VMware.

The agreement is aimed at delivering solutions that help enterprises cost effectively deploy virtual desktops to PCs, Macs, smartphones, tablets and thin clients, combining Cisco leadership in networking, datacenter, endpoint devices and collaboration, with Citrix and VMware leadership in virtualisation and the delivery of desktops, applications and data.

This agreement is also designed to enable the delivery of data centre solutions that make it easier for organisations to deploy the infrastructure required to deliver IT as a service across multiple networks and geographies.